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Tea From Family 暖心的「家人茶」

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 I ordered some tea from Righteous Tea a while ago.  Benjamin Jiang, the owner of Righteous Tea told me that the tea would be delivered directly from Taiwan, where his tea grows and was harvested and produced.

不久前,我從正心茶坊訂了一些茶,茶坊主人 Benjamin Jiang說,茶葉將直接從臺灣寄來,保證新鮮,保證質量。

Yesterday I received a package from Taiwan. Then I opened the standard square box of the post office, I was surprised by what I saw: The tea packages were put into cloth bags which looked like family made, not those commercial boxes you usually get when you buy tea from the supermarket or shops. Even the strings of the bags are cotton ones.

I immediately fell in love with the whole thing.我立刻就愛上了這種毫無商業氣息的包裝

I immediately fell in love with the whole thing.我立刻就愛上了這種毫無商業氣息的包裝

昨天收到一個臺灣來的郵包,外包裝就是通常郵局裏賣的那種方紙盒子,但打開紙盒子一看,我立即被「驚豔」到了:茶葉裝在看起來像是在家裏用手工做的布質小袋子裏,連小袋子上的線都是純棉的。我立刻就愛上了這種毫無商業氣息的包裝,就覺得,好像是收到了家人寄來的禮物,而不是用錢買的商品。

I immediately fell in love with the whole thing. The way the tea bags were packed made me feel like I was receiving some gifts from family, instead of some commodities you can buy everywhere with money.

And strangely, Benjamin Jiang does feel like family to me, although I have never met him or talked to him in person. I cannot even claim that I know him. But somehow I just feel that he is family, perhaps partly by looking at his photos and reading his posts on the Facebook. Another reason could be that my sister Ariel Tian called him family. Your family’s family is also your family, right?

奇怪的是,雖然我與 Benjamin Jiang從示謀面、從未講過話,甚至我也不能說我認識他,但在臉書上看過他的照片、讀到他的一些帖子,特別是聽我家妹妹 Ariel Tian 叫他家人後,我也覺得他像是家人。他敦厚的臉和敦厚的笑容讓我覺得好靠譜啊。
And mostly importantly, I tasted the tea for the first time this morning. It smells and tastes so good: Sweet, fresh and refreshing. It even makes you feel being loved and caressed... It is really a blessing to be able to drink fresh and good tea from Taiwan in the US. If you order from Righteous Tea  , the postage is no more than what you pay when you order things from Amazon.

I tasted the tea for the first time this morning. It smells and tastes so good: Sweet, fresh and refreshing. 這茶香甜清新,沁人心脾,聞之醒腦,喝之暖心!

I tasted the tea for the first time this morning. It smells and tastes so good: Sweet, fresh and refreshing. 這茶香甜清新,沁人心脾,聞之醒腦,喝之暖心!

今天早上,滿心期望和喜悅地打開新茶包,用買回來後沒用過的新茶具泡上新收到「家人茶」,啊,真的沒讓我失望!這茶香甜清新,沁人心脾,聞之醒腦,喝之暖心!

特別要告訴大家的是,從正心茶坊網站上訂茶,郵費也不過就幾塊錢,不比從亞馬遜上訂東西貴多少。關鍵是,在美國能喝上地道的臺灣好茶,比什麼都要緊!

I tasted the tea for the first time this morning. It smells and tastes so good: Sweet, fresh and refreshing. 這茶香甜清新,沁人心脾,聞之醒腦,喝之暖心!

I tasted the tea for the first time this morning. It smells and tastes so good: Sweet, fresh and refreshing. 這茶香甜清新,沁人心脾,聞之醒腦,喝之暖心!

I don’t know whether this is a good or bad thing. Years ago, in 2004, when I went to Taiwan to release the Chinese version of my memoir Witnessing History, I was invited by Mr. Lee Teng-hui, former president of the Republic of China, to his house. After I gave him a copy of my book as a gift, he also presented several copies of his books to me, as well as some Taiwanese tea. 

我不知這算是件好事還是壞事,2004年初,我到臺灣去發表新書《靜水流深》時,有幸受邀拜會前總統李登輝先生,我送了他一本《靜水流深》,他回贈了好些他自己的書,外加一大袋臺灣高山茶。

Mr. Lee Teng-hui gave me some very good High Mountain Oolong Tea From Taiwan. 李登輝送我臺灣高山茶。

Mr. Lee Teng-hui gave me some very good High Mountain Oolong Tea From Taiwan. 李登輝送我臺灣高山茶。

I must admit that was the first time I ever tasted some good tea. The consequence was, since I drank the tea given to me by Mr. Lee Teng-hui, I could never bear to drink any bad tea any more. 

我必須承認,我那是生平第一次喝到好茶。「嚴重的」後果是,從此嘴喝刁了,再也受不了劣質茶。但在海外要買到好茶太難了,商店裏買的,通常都是些陳年老貨,沒法喝。

Holding a copy of Jennifer''''s book in hand, Mr. Lee Teng-hui had a lengthily discussion with Jenifer at his house in Taipei, Taiwan. 李登輝手持一本《靜水流深》與曾錚交談。2004年1月,於臺北李府。

Holding a copy of Jennifer''''s book in hand, Mr. Lee Teng-hui had a lengthily discussion with Jenifer at his house in Taipei, Taiwan. 李登輝手持一本《靜水流深》與曾錚交談。2004年1月,於臺北李府。

So, that''''s why I am taking so much trouble in writing this post. I guess many people are as picky as me; and find it hard to find good tea in overseas countries. The tea one can get from the shops is usually too "old" and not fresh at all.

所以呢,我才在這裏花這麼大功夫寫這個帖子。我猜,許多朋友與我一樣,既挑剔,又找不到好茶吧?所以我就算做件好事吧!

Finally, shall I seek some "advertising" fee from Benjamin Jiang? Probably not, as you don''''t do that to your family, right? Especially when he doesn''''t know I am doing this at all. 

另外,我該不該問Benjamin Jiang要點广告費呢?呵呵,是家人的話,就算了吧?再說,人家沒也讓我幫他賣广告啊,是我一廂情願而已,呵呵。

 
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